Career Transitions Forum

Career Transitions Forum (CTF) is a unique series of lectures, presentations and networking activities designed to support professionals transitioning in their careers.

Professionals from recruitment firms, corporations and the local community present a broad array of job search strategies and tips, with a different topic presented each week. New participants can join any week.

Career advising is available for free from a prestigious team of business executives for those who have attended at least one CTF session and preferably who have completed a Career Services resume class.

To schedule an appointment, submit the CTF Career Advising Request form, which is available at CTF meetings. Advising appointments will meet virtually using Zoom, Teams or any platform that the advisor chooses.

CTF meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Microsoft Teams. Register to receive the Microsoft Teams link by clicking the button below.

Questions concerning registration? Email Maureen Sanchez at [email protected]. Email Delia Burnett at [email protected] with questions concerning CTF or Career Services. The CTF facilitator is Deb Oronzio ([email protected]).

Upcoming meetings

October 6 | How to Present Transferable Skills | Melissa Bardsley

Transferable skills, also known as "soft" skills, are becoming increasingly more important to hiring managers, especially for those who are doing career pivots. Melissa Bardsley will share how to identify these and how to present them in your marketing materials and during interviews.

Melissa Bardsley

Melissa is a passionate and enthusiastic customer support professional highly regarded for ability to exceed team metrics and customer expectations. She has demonstrated success in bridging the gap between pre- and post-sales service delivery and is a dynamic leader with excellent written and verbal communication skills, proven by the ability to elevate team performance and manage individuals with diverse backgrounds.

October 20 | Career Transitioning with LinkedIn; Best Practices | Debra Mathias

Learn the eight key profile optimization tips that you need for success in career transitioning. Learn how to use the dashboard of your LinkedIn profile to be a lead cultivation tool and how to translate your views of your posts, videos and search results. Learn the nine key soft-skill words that HR directors must use to find candidates for their companies.

Debra Mathias

Debra Mathias has more than 30 years of sales, marketing, promotions, branding and sales management experience. As president of Connect to Clients and a LinkedIn trainer and coach, Debra brings her strategic actionable approach to everyone from entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies. Applying her LinkedIn strategies gives individuals the toolkit they need to succeed in social media marketing. Debra was one of the top 50 LinkedIn trainers worldwide in 2020, ranked by Meller Marketing LinkedIn Rockstars list. She is host of LinkedIn Local Raleigh/Triangle, a worldwide networking initiative held quarterly in the Triangle area to allow LinkedIn connections to meet face to face to market, promote and grow their businesses. Debra is a former race car driver and breast cancer survivor, and she puts that same focus, determination and passion for success into every aspect of her life.

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Note: This is a moderated group.
Professionals must attend one or more CTF sessions to join.

CTF team

Deborah "Deb" Oronzio
Deborah "Deb" Oronzio
CTF Facilitator and Advisor

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Carrie  Christiano
Carrie Christiano
CTF Advisor

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Rachel Cox
Rachel Cox
CTF Advisor

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Olivia Ecker
Olivia Ecker
CTF Advisor

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Prashant Pandya
Prashant Pandya
CTF Advisor

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Al Rankin
Al Rankin
CTF Advisor

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Enhance your resume, market yourself, explore a new career

Short courses through Wake Tech's Career Services provide assistance to adults who are trying to find employment, transitioning back into the workforce or working to redefine their professional niche in today's global market. The fee is waived to those who are unemployed, underemployed or facing a pending layoff.

The college offers many relevant classes that will help equip you for success in your job search.